Bob Marks’ 88 Keys to Successful Singing Performances:

Audition Advice from One of America’s Top Vocal Coaches


“A wonderful book that is a ‘must-read’ for all of us in the business of singing!” —Robert Edwin
Singing Instructor, Associate Editor, NATS Journal of Singing 

Singers have to audition all the time. Whether it’s to get a part in a musical, to perform with a band or in a club, for acceptance into a university music program, or to join a choir, the first step is to show your stuff to the decision-makers.

For more than four decades, singers from around the world have turned to Bob Marks to hone their voices and nail auditions, including stars such as Laura Bell Bundy, Ariana Grande, Nikki M. James, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Britney Spears, and Ashley Tisdale. Bob has logged more than 90,000 hours coaching thousands of professional and amateur singers. These include cast members of dozens of Broadway musicals, cabaret performers, pop, country, and R&B singers, musical theatre students at prestigious universities, and actors of all ages. Now, with this book, he can help you, too.

Bob and co-author Elizabeth Gerbi provide 88 short, simple steps for successful singing auditions, including how to:

  • Build confidence and presence
  • Care for your voice and use it effectively
  • Select music which enhances your unique style
  • Put your best musical foot forward in any situation

Now available on in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.

“As an acting coach and former talent manager to hundreds of young performers nationwide, I am thrilled to have a concise, simple and pragmatic book that I can recommend to my students about the world of vocal coaching and training. With years of experience and knowledge, Bob tells it like it is in his straightforward, to the point manner. His insight, wisdom, and passion for teaching make this book an invaluable resource for performers of any age. Having worked alongside Bob co-teaching classes for over 20 years, I can tell you he truly cares about the health and welfare of his students and their voices as a mentor, teacher, and coach.”

Denise Simon
Author of “Parenting in the Spotlight, How to raise a child star without screwing them up.”

Bob Marks has written a superlative treatise on preparing for a vocal audition, including how to organize sheet music for a pianist who has never seen your “book" before. He deftly covers the all-important choice of the proper material (which is often totally different from audition to audition), and proper vocal preparation techniques. His experience as a world-class vocal coach, as well as his many years as an audition pianist is evident on every page. In addition, his book also covers voice lessons, vocal health, and managing your career.”

— Arnie Gross
Broadway conductor, pianist, and/or arranger for shows including Company, Annie, Cabaret, Follies, Sugar Babies, and Molly, as well as the film All That Jazz

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